The figure in “Standing Firm” is partially self portrait and partially ocean inspired. I used myself as the model for the face and then drew ideas from tide pools I’ve seen in the Pacific Northwest coast. Working in acrylic paint, I start by creating textures in an under-painting, frequently using water to make the paint flow - appropriate for an underwater painting! Later in the process, smudging paint and softening edges contribute to the surface textures of the encrusted statue. Warm colors in the figure provide contrast to the cool blues and greens of the underwater space. This warmth suggests the humanity and vulnerability of the figure, especially where not covered with various “armors.”
This painting fits well in my series, Underwater Silence. Within these works, I use figures to explore various concepts such as being silenced, finding one’s voice, standing alone as well as in solidarity, and finding refuge.
The Ephesions 6:10-20 prompt inspired me to paint an image standing firm against a current made visible by the flowing seaweed. The powerful current symbolizes the forces of the unseen spiritual realm. The figure is a stone statue, strong and immovable, facing the current boldly. Covered by various armors from the underwater environment, metaphorically the body armor of God’s righteousness, the figure is able to resist and stand against the unseen power. “Put on all of God’s armor so that you will be able to stand firm against all strategies of the devil.”
Julie Marcelia - Artist
Original work is available for sale: $600 plus shipping. 24" x 24" gallery wrapped canvas, acrylic with archival varnish. Contact Julie Marcelia at firstname.lastname@example.org or via cell: 206-200-0408
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